Trying to kick carb-filled pasta to the curb? “The Spiralized Kitchen” by best-selling author Leslie Bilderback offers up a great alternative to heaping bowls of spaghetti. Her delicious recipes all call for a spiralizer, an inexpensive and easy-to-use tool that turns healthy vegetables into pasta, rice, and more. With Bilderback’s book you can say adios to noodles and hello to “zoodles“. Check out Bilderback’s spiralized Butternut Squash and Pecorino Risotto recipe below.

Butternut Squash and Pecorino Risotto

Makes about 4 servings

butternut squash


Butternut squash is not inclined to hold a long “noodle” shape. This rebellious winter squash might start out long but it slowly breaks apart into smaller and smaller pieces that more it is handles. This phenomenon, as it turns out, makes it perfect to replace rice.


  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, extra virgin or regular
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • sliced 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or water
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grounded black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread pine nuts onto a baking sheet and bake until toasted and fragrant, about 10 minutes and let cool.

2. Spiralize Butternut squash into thin shreds using the smallest holes. Break the strands into pieces about 1 ince long, either by hand or with a knife. Now set this aside.

3. Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add Garlic, thyme, Herbes de Provence, and cook until garlic is translucent. Add squash and toss to coat. Add stock and simmer, stirring, until squash is tender and liquid is evaporated, about 3-5 minutes.

4. Stir in 1/2 cup of pecorino, and season with salt and pepper. Serve hot topped with sprinkle of toated pine nuts and the remaining 1/4 cup of pecornio.

If you want to learn how to make more healthy spiralized meals head to your local bookstore to pick up Leslie Bilderback’s “The Spiralized Kitchen: Transform Your Vegetables into Fresh and Surprising Meals” or login to Amazon and order it online. 

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